Richard Dale Wilson
December 4, 1935 – April 20, 2021
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Richard Dale Wilson passed away in his home in Diamond Springs, Ca. with his companion Patty Harris by his side. They shared many great interests and enjoyed spending time together. Richard Dale Wilson, born December 4, 1935 to Ray Albert Wilson and Lillian Goldie (Gray) Wilson. He was born in Antioch CA. Richard leaves behind his Brother David Wilson of Port Orchard WA. Richard was proceeded in death by his wife of 54 years, Pauline Wilson in 2014. They built a family together with 5 children, Lori Boes, Steven Wilson, Larry Wilson, Greg Wilson, and Pamela Honesto. They loved dearly all 10 Grandchildren and 20 Great Grandchildren and well as nephews Christian and Matthew Wilson. Richard served in the US Air Force from Jan 1955 – Jan 1958. He was a Guided Missile Technician during his time in the service. Richard lived most of his life in Santa Clara County working as an Electronic Engineer, with a specialty in defense electronics. He traveled the world with his job and loved to share his adventures with all those that could sit through all his beautiful photos and stories. He even developed and patented one of the first pagers when working for Meta Systems in Sunnyvale Ca. in the mid 1980’s. Next to his family, Richard’s other passion was fishing. After purchasing a boat, he and his father, Ray Wilson converted a 24’ cabin cruiser into a commercial fishing boat. In 1974 he moved his family from Santa Clara to Brookings Oregon. He soon took to the seas and worked as commercial fisherman on his boat named the Penguin. During the off season he had a TV and Radio Repair Shop he ran out of the home. By the end of 1975, the family sadly returned to the Bay Area. In the years to follow, he purchased a second fishing boat and was moored in Moss Landing. The last boat he purchased was in Everette and fished the sound. The Dream to be on the water and to fish the ocean seas never left him. After a brief retirement, Richard and Pauline relocated from Everett Washington to Diamond Springs in 2009. Together they enjoyed traveling, spending time with the family and friends. Their greatest adventure was when they traveled the United State and into Quebec Canada to research Pauline’s family. The stopped and visited grandchildren and great grandchildren in Minnesota and met new family in Quebec. It was not too long after moving to Diamond Springs Richard became involved with Roots & Dust Genealogical Society in El Dorado County. He studied, met with organizations and soon he was an accomplished genealogist, and served as President of the Roots and Dust Genealogical Society for several years. Richard loved to share his passion with friends and family and all others were interested in learning how to research and build their own family history and how to document all the details. His family books are a treasured gift for the family for generations to come. Our Dad was the kindest father… He had a gentle soul, with love in his heart. He was firm, but not too firm, he was gentle but not to gentle and was always the best with a kind word, great advise and a very loving heart. He will certainly be missed by all that knew him. His gentle soul and kind heart will live in us forever.
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Richard Dale Wilson
May 16, 2021
My name is Taylor, I am 23 years old and I am the first and oldest great-grandchild of Richard and Pauline Wilson.
My Grandma Lori asked us to submit any stories or memories that we had of Grandpa and well after 23 years of knowing him it was hard to pick just one. However, one thing stood out to me the most that I never gave a second thought too until now. Every time I saw Grandpa he would say " Hello Taylor, How are you?" & as you read this it seems just like a regular greeting. But when Grandpa Richard said it, it was spoken with such a soft grace and deep wisdom that I will never be able to truly find all the words to describe exactly how he said it. It's hard knowing now how something so simple and routine could hold so much meaning to me today. & although I will never hear his kind words again, his greeting will always be saved in my head and play anytime I think of him. I will always miss that tender "Hello Taylor"
May 14, 2021
It was a great honor to know Richard. For many years now, Richard had been a loving companion to my mom, Patty and had become a great friend to me. His many attributes of gardening, genealogy and love for my mom, were accentuate by his kindness and gentle soul.
A special memory we shared a few years back was in Cambria, California. It was there that we visited Richard’s family ancestral home that is now a museum. We searched through logs and found photos of his family that lived in this tiny house. His good nature brought the local historian to the museum for further discussion. Richard was able to site additional subject knowledge to them. His passion and excitement was inspiring and contagious.
Richard has a large loving family of Wilson’s but will also be a part of our family in heart and soul. We love and miss you Richard.
Greg, Shelley and Maddy Jo Morford (Patty’s family)
May 12, 2021
I miss you. I can hear your voice and the comforting words, "It will all work out."
Well, I don't need to tell you, its a hard road wondering when it's all going to work out. I keep waiting for the day when the heart doesn't hurt so bad..
You'd be happy to know, we are surrounded by the love and support of family and friends. Today I talked with a lady that remembered you and what a nice man you were... Warmed my heart for sure. I told her you certainly were and a gentle soul at that.
You were the best of Dads... Your gentle words and the encouragement gave me the strength to push forward and be the best I could be.
Please watch over us, guide us with your wisdom and continue to hold us in your arms... Until then...
Love you Dad.. Hugs and Kisses
Carlyn & Jim White
May 9, 2021
Richard was much appreciated by the Roots & Gold Genealogical Society. He was a good leader and led the group for several years and shared his research , equipment, and talents of writing the newsletter for the group during his time as President. We know how much he loved his family and he will be missed by all who knew him. We were glad for having had good times to share with him.
Respectfully, Jim and Carlyn White
May 5, 2021
Richard, Patty and I were/are members of the Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society. Richard served as our President, helped Patty with the Newsletter when she was Editor, and gave classes for our members. He was an accomplished genealogist who produced beautiful family history books and was always ready to share his knowledge. We will all miss Richard. My sympathy goes out to Patty and his family. -- Alice Morrow